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May 22, 2015 Updates

For five days, Barnes joined the Hall of Famer whose Bel-Air home is just down the street from one of the more infamous basketball courts you'll find. By day, they worked on the regulation-sized court that's inside the home of shoe mogul Steven Jackson – a replica of the Staples Center, "Lakers mausoleum," as West describes it, that visiting NBA teams will sometimes use for shoot-arounds or practices. By night, they all sat in the West's family dining room, where his wife, Karen, would take food requests from Barnes and try to replenish all those calories he'd burned learning tricks of the trade from her legendary husband. USA Today Sports

The discussions, as Barnes saw it, were as meaningful as the drills. And yes, for those who naturally wondered, West was an active participant in these workouts that also included former Warriors assistant coach Joe Boylan. "It was crazy," Barnes said. "To be able to not only spend time with him on the court, but off the court as well, to see how he saw the game, how I need to see the game, the things that he saw in my game. He actually took the court and practiced on certain things. USA Today Sports

"I knew that Kobe learned a lot from Elgin Baylor and from Jerry West," Barnes said. "I would watch (video of) Jerry, because he used to always say that his pull-up was unbelievable. No matter where he was on the court, he could always square up and get you a shot no matter what, so I looked up his clips after I heard that. I saw that kind of stuff, and obviously when I got drafted here I saw some more of his stuff. And then getting on the court with him? That was nuts. "We'd work out in the morning. We'd get some work in, and then he'd show up and put me through a workout. He'd show me stuff he would do, and then we'd go out to eat and talk about what the league is like today, stuff he saw back in the day. USA Today Sports

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The battles between his Los Angeles Lakers and Bill Russell's Celtics were legendary, but West has concerns that — between the potential for three-hour time changes and all that extra airplane time — there would be too much of a collective toll taken from the increased travel. "You're back (at the opponent's arena) and you fly home, and you maybe have a day off? I don't like that, and the reason I don't like it is because the playoffs are when you're trying to establish the dominance of a team and potentially a team that would have a chance to win a championship," West told USA TODAY Sports. "I don't like to mess with something that has been a tradition for this league for years." USA Today Sports

February 23, 2015 Updates

On the wave of NBA analytics and his old-school praise of James Harden, around the 17:15 mark: “You can’t look in the heart of someone–you can take every test… “One of the best players in the league, one of the very best players in the league is James Harden. I really admire the way he plays. And he’s one of those players who reminds me kind of an old-fashioned player. But he’s so clever. “But my best guess is if we gave these guys all kinds of tests before they were drafted, and he was a high draft pick, I don’t know how he would he’d rate on that scale.” San Jose Mercury-News

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Q: You enjoyed playing with Wilt? Jerry West: He was one of the most uniquely different people that I’ve ever been around in my life. I felt that at times he never felt he got the credit due him. The two of us were probably pretty easy targets, because you would think that someone of his stature would have won more than two NBA championships during his career, and it was grossly unfair how people looked at him like that. And hell, I had never won a championship playing alongside one of the truly great players who never gets his due, and that’s Elgin Baylor. I had kind of an interesting relationship with [Wilt], particularly our last year together [1972-73 season]. It was really interesting because many nights we would, unbeknownst to most people, we would go in his room or my room and have dinner, and talk about a lot of things, many of ’em not basketball related, to be honest with you. But I found him to be very introspective, also now in many ways like all of us, the insecurities that we all have sometimes as athletes. It’s easy to feel great about when you win championships. New York Post

February 12, 2015 Updates

Yannis Koutroupis: Jerry West's comments about how he'd never be asked back by the Lakers are kinda odd. His son Ryan works for the team. Twitter @YannisNBA

February 7, 2015 Updates

Jerry West enjoyed playing at Madison Square Garden so much during his collegiate career at West Virginia that he hoped the Knicks would pick him in the 1960 NBA draft. "I thought I was going to be drafted by the Knicks," the Lakers Hall of Famer said this past week. "I wanted very much to play in New York." Newsday

January 25, 2015 Updates

Jerry West knows the feeling Klay Thompson was feeling Friday night. He has often reflected about a game in which he made 16 of 17 shots and also made all 12 of his free throws. But the 76-year-old Warriors executive assistant was quick to say that Thompson's 52-point outing against Sacramento, particularly his 37-point quarter in which he made all 13 of his shots and was 9 for 9 from beyond the 3-point arc, was a feat so unprecedented and exciting that it kept him up all night. "I flew back (to his home in Los Angeles) after the game, and honestly, I couldn't go to sleep," West said Saturday. "I was replaying in my own mind what I had just witnessed. It was incredible to watch. It's something no one's watched, to be honest with you. The people that were fortunate to be there saw something that's probably not going to happen for a long, long time if it ever happens again." Contra Costa Times

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"I just think it's gaining confidence," said Jerry West, in the pro-Thompson camp since before the Draft as a Warriors minority owner and advisor in basketball operations. "He still has a long way to go and he's got room for improvement. He's starting to get the ball to the basket, get to the free-throw line a lot better than he did before. Now he has to figure out a way how to finish it around the basket. That comes with experience, it comes with playing against different types of players." NBA.com

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